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Are career termination concerns only for athletes? A case study of the career termination of an elite female coach

Kenttä, Göran; Mellalieu, Stephen; Roberts, Claire Marie

Authors

Göran Kenttä

Stephen Mellalieu



Abstract

This paper presents a case study of an elite female coach and her career termination from a 20+ year career following a critical life incident. A novel autobiographical approach was adopted whereby the participant undertook expressive writing to describe her experiences before, during, and following coaching an athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Thematic analysis indicated seven phases related to the participant’s experiences of the critical incident: Build up to the event, the event, the aftermath, recovery and reflection on the event, sampling of new avenues, enlightenment, and career rebirth. The findings reinforce the high demands placed upon elite coaches, the subsequent threats to physical and mental well-being, and the importance of having robust psychological skills and suitable social support to cope with these demands. Implications for preparing and supporting coaches for successful career transition are discussed.

Citation

Kenttä, G., Mellalieu, S., & Roberts, C. (2016). Are career termination concerns only for athletes? A case study of the career termination of an elite female coach. Sport Psychologist, 30(4), 314-326. https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0134

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 7, 2016
Publication Date Dec 31, 2016
Journal The Sport Psychologist
Print ISSN 0888-4781
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Pages 314-326
DOI https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0134
Keywords career termination, coaches, critical life incident, social support
expressive writing
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/904272
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0134